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Tech industry pushes back against bill making phones easier to repair

March 30th, 2021 - 2:00am
Environmentalists and electronic repair shops on Monday hailed a bill making it easier for consumers to repair their electronic devices as a way to reduce toxic waste. But technology firms criticized the legislation for potential cybersecurity risks and unintended consequences.

Months before a company lobbied the Legislature to create its own county, it purchased faraway water rights that could fuel future growth

February 12th, 2021 - 2:00am
Cryptocurrency company Blockchains wants to build a new city in the desert. That will require water in an area where it is scarce. To get the water it needs, Blockchains is looking to rural Nevada. Last year, the company acquired water rights in northern Washoe County.

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‘Innovation Zones’ promoted by Sisolak would create semi-autonomous county at behest of Blockchains LLC

February 3rd, 2021 - 5:52pm
The proposal by Blockchains LLC would create essentially autonomous districts that function as a county-within-a-county, taking over responsibilities such as tax collection, K-12 education and other services normally provided by county governments. Such “zones” could only be created by a private developer who owns more than 50,000 acres of land (such as Blockchains), promises to invest up to $1 billion in the Zone and agrees to levy an industry-specific tax on an “innovative technology” based in the Zone itself.

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In rural Nevada, bridging the education 'digital divide' largely means improving internet access

August 26th, 2020 - 2:00am
Even if Angela McVicars and her school-age daughters started the day with functioning internet, a sense of foreboding clouded their remote learning. They knew it was a matter of when, not if, the internet connection would suddenly freeze and require a manual reboot — a process that could take a handful of minutes or close to an hour if a call to their service provider was needed.

Digital and cashless gaming technology viewed as bringing casinos into the 21st century

June 22nd, 2020 - 2:00am
Cashless gaming has been used on slot machines throughout the casino industry for at least two decades, although it wasn’t initially accepted by customers. When the original systems, dubbed ticket-in/ticket-out, were introduced, they confused older slot players, who didn’t understand why winnings came out in the form of a ticket voucher, rather than cash, which they had originally loaded into the machine.

Nevada Interrupted: Technology allows high school students to compete virtually in civics competition, may open future participation to rural students

May 5th, 2020 - 2:00am
Usually, the national We The People competition takes place over three days in Leesburg, Virginia at the end of April. This year, organizers held the competition over Zoom.

Nevada Interrupted: Jet-setting corporate trainer misses coffee break interactions, but finds bright side in online-only sessions

April 23rd, 2020 - 2:00am
Before COVID-19 shut down airports and in-person meetings, the corporate trainer was traveling around the globe, speaking at conferences, facilitating business meetings and training clients on how to develop better communication and address interpersonal conflict.

How AI and facial recognition tech could reshape Las Vegas casinos

The Las Vegas Strip at night
January 21st, 2020 - 2:00am
New facial recognition technology could be a game-changer for Las Vegas casinos. But exactly how the industry implements this tech could be as much a minefield as a business boon

IndyVideo: A look at new tech at CES

January 11th, 2020 - 2:00am
Roughly 175,000 people came through the The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this year, listening to keynote speakers and checking out booths showing off tech’s latest and greatest.

Governors seek funds to improve broadband, get telemedicine, education initiatives into rural West

December 18th, 2019 - 2:00am
Sixty-five percent of Nevada’s rural population is without access to sufficient telecommunications compared to five percent of the urban population, according to a 2016 report from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Nevada’s state leaders have been working on the issue for years, and a discussion on broadband access came last week at the Western Governors' Association’s (WGA) annual winter meeting in Las Vegas.

Report: Nevada among states with least exposure to automation by AI

Early morning photo of the I-15 near the Las Vegas Strip
November 20th, 2019 - 2:00am
Though an ever-growing number of studies show Nevada among the states most at-risk for job losses from automation over the next 15 years, a new report released Wednesday by the Brookings Institution suggests it may not be artificial intelligence driving those changes.

Attorney general joins 48 states in Google antitrust probe

September 11th, 2019 - 2:00am
Democratic Attorney General Aaron Ford has announced he will join attorneys general across the country calling for an investigation of Google’s online advertising practices. Ford said his primary reason for participating in the probe is to identify and act on the tech giant’s practices that violate state antitrust laws.

Initiatives seek to grant internet access to low-income families

July 19th, 2019 - 2:00am
The internet’s transformation from a novelty to a necessity has left thousands of families at a disadvantage if they lack an internet subscription or a computer or other device with which to connect. Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, along with a data security firm, are looking to change that.

As hackers target U.S. cities, Las Vegas signs on to resolution not to pay future ransoms

A view of Las Vegas Boulevard in the evening
July 9th, 2019 - 2:00am
Last week, Las Vegas signed onto a resolution from the U.S. Conference of Mayors — cosponsored by Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young — in which member cities agreed not to pay ransoms related to malware attacks, just weeks after Baltimore paid more than $18 million to rebuild its systems after a ransomware attack.

Google to bring new data center, community development initiative to Henderson 

July 1st, 2019 - 2:00am
Google plans to announce two new projects on Monday: a $600 million data center in Henderson and a $1 million community development project focused on funding and working alongside Nevada-based nonprofits. 

Blockchains CEO buys local bank, charting course for company

July 1st, 2019 - 2:00am
Though it may be less exciting than the techno-future vision heavily promoted by the company,  Berns (who will own the bank through a separate holding company and not through Blockchains) said the acquisition of the Las Vegas-based Kirkwood Bank of Nevada is a small but critical step in helping the nascent company achieve its wildly ambitious goals.

Lawmaker proposes unemployment insurance payments for self-serve kiosks

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March 26th, 2019 - 2:15am
Introduced Friday, AB394 is short and straightforward, requiring all Nevada businesses with self-service terminal, kiosk or similar devices owned by an employer pay into the state’s Unemployment Compensation Fund for each such device owned — and in an amount equal to the average contribution paid by the business for its other employees. Funds paid would go to an administrative budget account that administers the unemployment compensation program.

Lawmakers form tech caucus focused on economic development ahead of the Legislature

December 13th, 2018 - 11:28am
A group of nine Assembly members and five state senators have formed a new caucus focused on economic development through the lens of technology and businesses that bring tech jobs to Nevada.

Tesla Gigafactory surpasses job creation, capital investment projections

December 5th, 2018 - 1:55am
A new economic impact report being released Wednesday by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) shows the company had 7,059 employees as of June 30, more than the 6,000 to 6,500 that legislators expected when they improved an incentive package in 2014.

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